As the success of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Teams causes an explosion of new and developing competition at junior, high school and college levels across all parts of the Gulf Coast, one organization wins the bragging rights for their involvement and leadership in volleyball.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association is “a nonprofit organization on an educational mission to develop coaches and make the sport mainstream in all parts of the U.S. for men and women” according to its Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer in an exclusive interview with The Gulfcoast rootshed.com.
The AVCA was founded in 1981 and currently boasts more than 6,300 members that include more than 80% of all college coaches. The organization supports 1500 women’s and 100 men’s college programs and hundreds more at the high school and club levels.
According to DeBoer, the organization attracts coaches, players and prospects from all aspects of the sport and links them though education like clinics, seminars, advocacy and lobbying activities with various organizations.
Fundamentally, anyone involved in leadership in the sport of Volleyball is a member or recognizes the value of the AVCA.
Says Kathy DeBoer, “We’ll be hosting our Annual Convention this year on December 12-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. The event will feature a jam packed 4 day agenda, offering a pre-convention seminar on setting, the 24 girl ‘Under Armour High School All American Match’ televised on ESPNU and guest speakers/players such as Kerri Walsh and Lindsey Berg. Thanks to our partners, contributors and sponsors, we are able to act as a propelling agent for the sport”
The AVCA is involved in some of the aspects devoted to recruiting at college level and offers the Phenom College Preparatory Program, a combine featuring 300 high school and two-year college athletes.
When asked how the AVCA is funded, Kathy DeBoer said “our organization gets no state, federal or government dollars. Our funding comes from our membership, advertising, sponsorships, events and fund raisers including our annual Convention.”
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In a recent press release, DeBoer noted that Sand (Beach) Volleyball is now sanctioned by the NCAA as an emerging sport, a giant step forward that occured just recently and opened the door for added participation in the sport.
To find our more about the American Volleyball Coaches Association, check out their website at www.avca.org or just give their administration office a toll free call at (866) 544-AVCA (2822).
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